The U.S. Constitution By: Alex white


The U.S Constitution is a document that embodies the fundamental laws and principle by which the United States is governed. The Constitution was written by James Madison on September 17th, in 1787. The six principles of the U.S. constitution was made to prevent many things such as the government gaining too much power.

Limited Government

One of the six principles of the Constitution is Limited Government, where the Government cannot be above the law. It states the things that government is and isn't allowed to do. Next, in Article 1,Section 9, Clause 7, it states that the distribution of currency is limited. Finally, in Article 1, Section 9, Clause 2, It states that when a government official has a position in Government they are not allowed to obtain another position.

Separation of Power

Another on of the sic principles of the constitution is Separation of Power, where the responsibilities is split up among 3 different branches. The three branches is legislature, executive, and judicial. Next, in Article 1, Section 7, Clause 1, It states all bills raising revenue shall originate in the House of Representative. Finally, In Article 1, Section 7, Clause 2, it says a president can veto, a bill, by sending it back to the house where it was introduced. This separation of power, prevents misuse of power by any of the three branches.

Checks and Balances

The next of the Six Principles is Checks and Balances, which was designed to prevent the emergence of a single domineering center of power. Next. a 2/3 majority can override a presidents veto. In Article 1, Section 7, Clause 2, If he approves he shall sign it, but if not he shall return, with his objections. Finally, in Article 1, Section 7, clause 1, the senate may propose or concur with amendments as on the bills.

Popular Sovereignty

Popular sovereignty is another of the six principles. Popular sovereignty is where all government power comes from the people. And the Government derives political authority from the people. In the Preamble the words " We the People" shows that the people are the choice of government.

Representative Government

Representative Government is how the people of the House of Representative are chosen every second year by the people of the several states. In Article 1, Section 2, Clause 3, representatives shall be apportioned among the several states which may be included within the union. And in Article 1, Section 10, Clause 3, no states shall, without the consent of the congress, lay any imposes or duties on exports and imports, except where maybe absolutely, necessary for executing inspection laws.


Federalism is the political system in which power is shared between the national government and states government. In Article 1, Section 4, Clause 1, the times, places, and manner of holding, elections for senators and representative shall be prescribes in each state by the legislature there of. Article 1, Section 4, Clause 2, The congress shall assemble at least once in every year.


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